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How to avoid home improvement scams

When it comes to adding improvements to your home, it can be an exciting process that will make your home look so much better. However, you need to ensure that you do your research thoroughly and involve yourself with individuals and use products that are legitimate and have been specialized to know exactly what is required of them and to not leave a shoddy job behind.

The last thing you want to happen is to spend your hard earned money, as well as your time and energy only to receive an end product that is nowhere near what you envisioned it to be.

Mark Dubowitz has seen many dealings where people have been scammed out of their money in his respective field and it never is a nice feeling. Here is some advice on how to avoid these scams and ensure that your home improvement goes smoothly as can possibly be.

How to avoid home improvement scams

Avoid the onetime special

It is not very likely that a business is only going to have a single sale in the whole time it has existed. People who are offering you a onetime only deal are just trying to get you into their business funnel and they will offer these sales countless times during the year when they need to find the work.

If you are provided with a so called special onetime offer, you should make sure that this is a legitimate claim and get them to provide you with concrete evidence that backs up their claims. They should show you the prices they have quoted in the past and you can compare it to the price that you have been quoted.

Never put yourself under the pressure to accept a deal if they have put some form of time pressure on you, before you get the opportunity to thoroughly research them, check reference and look at other quotes.

Avoid paying cash up front

This is one of the largest warning signs that you can notice when it comes to getting home improvement work done. If the contractor demands that they are paid the full amount for the project before they have even begun, this is never a good sign. This will more than likely lead to either a subpar job or the contractor disappearing entirely, never to be seen again along with your money.

You do need to provide some sort of down payment beforehand in order to cover initial labour and material costs, but this should not be any more than 33% of the total value of the contract. From there on out, the payments should be paid in milestone stages, as each stage of the project is completed to a satisfactory standard.

Making rash decisions

If there is a contractor in the neighbourhood already claiming they are doing work for someone else, you should avoid telling yourself that you may as well use them for doing some work for your property. These people will knock on your door saying they are working in the area, when many times they are not at all. They say that they noticed some things wrong with your house.

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